Get Massage To Help Better Sleep
Sometimes, a good night's sleep seems impossible to attain. Whether that's because of stress, hormonal or schedule changes, short-term or chronic pain, there's nothing quite so frustrating as watching the clock count off the hours while you lie wide awake -- knowing you'll have to start the coming day without any good night sleep.
If this tells your story then don't be afraid. Actually, sleeping disorders are very common these days. Most people do not realize that massage can in fact help improve your sleep. Massage therapy is a known for helping people with stress. Now research shows that a good massage can help you enjoy the sleep that you crave for.
Sleep plays a very important role in our lifecycle. It helps us recover from loads of the whole day. It is impossible for the body's immune system to work at an optimum level without proper sleep. If the immune system is compromised, the ability of our body to heal itself is also compromised. If we are stressed or sleep deprived, our health is seriously compromised. Massage can help relieve the stress and tension. If we pay attention to our human body, we can see an autonomic system made out of two independent parts: the sympathetic and parasympathetic system. The parasympathetic system keeps the sympathetic system balanced. During a massage session, the parasympathetic system gets activated which therefore helps us to slow down and relax. Massage can help improve our sleeping pattern. It is no surprise that we saw many people falling asleep during a professional massage session.
Massage helps to reduce stress, improve circulation, soothe aching muscles, release tension and reduce or lower your blood pressure. It is thought that it can also stimulate the immune system. It is even more beneficial when restless nights stem from stress, migraine headaches, and pain and muscle stiffness. Several studies have shown massage therapy to not only lessen lower back pain and headaches but also by reducing the stress, anxiety, and depression making restful sleep achievable.
Relaxation techniques, such as massage therapy can definitely reduce stresses, and frustrations leading to the tossing and turning and anxiety of sleepless nights. Therapeutic massage can have not only external physical benefits but internal benefits as well. Massage can relax your muscles and help with blood and lymph circulation. A massage can help reduce the nerve irritation and can help with increased production of pain-killing endorphins. There are many sweet smelling balms and massage oils on the market used to relieve stress. The aroma and the feel of the oils offer a calming and relaxing environment.
There are different types of therapeutic massage techniques that can help and some are listed below.
Reflexology: This type of massage focuses on specific 'reflex zones' on your feet. This type of massage relieves tension and pain and improves circulation in the areas of your body that corresponds to the reflex zones of the feet.
Sports Massage: This type of massage improves athletic performance and endurance by massaging specific muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Swedish Massage: This massage has a smooth and flowing style. It focuses on overall relaxation, circulation, and range of motion and relieves muscular tension.
Deep Tissue: This message can sometimes be a bit painful. It generally focuses on the deeper soft tissues of the joints.
Some areas to concentrate on when massaging to promote relaxation and restful sleep are the temples of the head. The motion should be small circular movement done with fingers and hands. Another areas to promote relaxation are the scalp, forehead, face, neck and upper shoulders. Much of our stress is carried in the shoulder area, so relaxing and massaging this area will definitely create relief.
There are many reasons that massage and sleep make a perfect match:
- Eliminates headaches
- Relieves stress
- Reduces muscle tension
- Reduces lower pain and strain
- Relaxes nervous tension
- Increases blood circulation
- Eases chronic fatigue syndrome
- Assists with weight control
After a relaxing massage, sleep will be restored as a time of rest instead as a time of restlessness. Be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and help with the release and filtration of toxins. You will feel more relaxed with reduced stress and tension and be able to sleep all night long. You will wake up refreshed and ready to start a new day.